I waver between not admitting that I make this breakfast treat and wanting to shout from the rooftops how simply delicious it is. I awoke this morning to a strong desire to eat chocolate. Probably due to my wanting, but not giving into dessert last night. My sweet tooth shan’t be denied for long. I hesitated only briefly, then quickly got to the task of softening butter and finding the cinnamon sugar shaker.
Cinnamon toast and I go way back to the days as a kid when we had a gas broiler and made it on a routine basis. I had actually forgotten that I remember those days (if that statement makes any sense). Mom must have been out of her mind to let us 5 kids have use of the gas stove when she was out of the house. I remember slathering the white sandwich bread (surely it was better then than now) with enough butter/Parkay margarine to show through the bottom side of the bread once it was broiled. Then came a thick layer of cinnamon sugar and a quick sweep under the broiler.
I can only imagine that I must have eaten piece after piece of this crunchy, sweet treat. When ‘Golden Circles’ bread came out, I had arrived. I doubt that anyone today would even remember the bread. It was baked in a round, enclosed pan, giving it a perfectly round shape and golden brown crust. Cinnamon toast has never really left me, and it jumps back into my mind as a quick, sweet option from time to time.
Somewhere along the way, I realized that if you sprinkled on a handful of chocolate chips right after removing the toast from the broiler, waited a minute or so, the chips would melt into a gooey, dark chocolate icing. A quick spread with a butter knife and the result is magical.
Cinnamon and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Think about spreading chocolate ganache atop freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Top your latte with a shake of cinnamon and cocoa. Put a bit of cinnamon in wedding cookies and add some mini chocolate chips. Divine.
So, next time your sweet and chocolate needs get out of bed with you, spread a bit of butter over a piece of whole grain bread, shake on the cinnamon and sugar and broil until crispy and bubbly. Add a few chocolate chips, count to 100, and spread the melted chocolate over the bread.
Don’t forget the milk.